Education Minister signals he’s open to history being core Junior Cert subject

Posted in Teaching on January 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Education minister Joe McHugh has signalled he’s open to history being made a core subject for Junior Cert students telling the Dáil that it’s ‘vital’ young people learn from the past. He said it’s important that the historic contexts of Brexit and events being marked in Centenary Commemorations are understood …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 22 January]

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The teaching of history

Posted in Teaching on December 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I agree wholeheartedly with the thoughts expressed by my University of Limerick colleague, Alistair Malcolm, in his letter supporting the reinstatement of history as a core subject within the Junior Cycle curriculum (December 17th). A society that doesn’t know where it has come from doesn’t and cannot know where it is going …” (more)

[Joseph O’Connor, Irish Times, 22 December]

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No subject – including history – should be compulsory

Posted in Teaching on December 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“I attended a showing of a new film Peterloo recently, followed by a discussion with the English director Mike Leigh. In the course of the discussion on this insightful rendition of a largely forgotten incident in British history, a contribution from the floor expressed concern about the perceived future status of history in Irish schools …” (more)

[Gary Granville, Irish Times, 20 December]

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The return of history as a core subject?

Posted in Teaching on November 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The decision of the new Minister for Education Joe McHugh to review the decision to make history an optional subject at Junior Certificate is very welcome. History should be restored as a core curriculum subject without delay, as this academic discipline has essential values relevant to modern Ireland and to promoting an understanding of the importance of active citizenship, social inclusion and diversity in our society …” (more)

[Brian Murphy, Irish Times, 20 November]

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Decision to make history optional for the Junior Cert to be reviewed

Posted in Teaching on November 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The decision to make history an optional subject at Junior Cert level is going to be reviewed, according to Education Minister Joe McHugh. Speaking at the party’s Ard Fheis this evening, the Donegal TD said …” (more)

[, 17 November]

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Higgins is right that history should be compulsory for Junior Cert

Posted in Teaching on May 7th, 2018 by steve

“After he became Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar was quick to hire historian Patrick Geoghegan to assist him in his new role. In the Dáil in June last year, Varadkar said: ‘I have hired somebody who is a professor of history. I have a great interest in history which I believe is the study of the future because few things have not happened previously …'” (more)

[Diarmaid Ferriter, Irish Times, 5 May]

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Gerard Manley Hopkins, a terrible teacher who hated UCD

Posted in Life on May 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“To a non-Irish observer like myself, it does Ireland immense credit that the country has taken Gerard Manley Hopkins so enthusiastically to its heart. It is Ireland, not his native England, that honours the Victorian poet with an annual festival, houses the world’s leading Hopkins archive and gives an annual set of awards in his name …” (more)

[Simon Edge, Irish Times, 22 May]

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Trinity is not doing enough to commemorate its female students and academics

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“To the left of the Campanile in Front Square sits a statue of a man whose reputation is founded almost entirely upon one sexist comment that he may or may not have actually made …” (more)

[Eleanor Jones-McAuley, Trinity News, 16 March]

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Must Rhodes fall?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2016 by steve

“Buildings and statues dedicated to people whose views clash with modern values can cause difficulties, but is tearing down history the answer? …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 15 December]


A Campus in Crisis: UCD’s ‘Gentle Revolution’

Posted in Research on November 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In the 1960s, Ireland was a country caught in the crossfire between remaining in its traditional ways or pursuing a new modern, radical image. It was a time when a national desire for change and progression had never been greater …” (more)

[Amy Gargan, University Observer, 11 November]

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Popular documentary series to explore construction of city canals and NUI Galway

Posted in Research on November 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A popular documentary series is to explore the 19th century decisions to construct a canal system and locate a major university in Galway City.Works on the Eglinton Canal began in 1848 to further develop Galway as a commercial centre – while NUI Galway was founded as Queens College in 1849 …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 3 November]

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Queen’s University graduates reveal why they snubbed vice chancellor

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2016 by steve

UK“Students have spoken of the moment they publicly snubbed the head of Queen’s University Belfast during their graduation ceremony. Several history and anthropology graduates refused to shake Patrick Johnston’s hand and others gave him a campaign flyer …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, Irish News, 7 July]

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History students snub Queen’s University vice chancellor Patrick Johnston at graduation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2016 by steve

UK“History students used their graduation ceremony to snub the head of Queen’s University after his controversial claim that ‘society doesn’t need a 21-year-old that’s a sixth century historian’ …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, Irish News, 6 July]

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Why Society Needs Historians

Posted in Research on June 7th, 2016 by steve

UK“… Johnston, it must be remembered, was an oncologist before going into university leadership, so he’s one of the Good Guys. He deserves our respect. But this doesn’t stop this being stupid, philistine, nonsense …” (more)

[Jonathan Healey, The Social Historian, 4 June]

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Trinity College Dublin: A bulwark of Empire at the centre of the 1916 Rising

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on January 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In the aftermath of the Rising, Major G A Harris, Adjutant of the Dublin University Officers’ Training Corps (OTC), was tasked with writing a report for the military authorities on the defence of Trinity College Dublin (TCD) during the period April 24 to May 6, 1916 …” (more)

[Ellen O’Flaherty, Irish Examiner, 18 January]

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The Provosts of Trinity College Dublin: 335 years of the good, bad and indifferent

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I but it was not until 1845 that the first history of it was published, by WBS Taylor. Nine histories later we have much information on the Provosts who headed the college over the years …” (more)

[Peter Boyle, Irish Times, 5 January]

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You’re wrong, Minister – history is strong at UL

Posted in Governance and administration on December 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In an interview with the Limerick Leader recently, Minister Michael Noonan got on to the subject of history, stating: ‘Limerick University [sic!] has a strong economics department, but it doesn’t have a strong history department’ …” (more)

[Anthony McElligott, Limerick Leader, 29 December]

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Noonan sparks fury over ‘damaging’ comments on University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Finance Minister Michael Noonan has been accused of ‘damaging the reputation’ of the University of Limerick after saying it does not have a strong history department …” (more)

[The Michael Noonan interview is here]
[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 19 December]

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During the Rising, Students Rushed to Exams in a University that Remained Puzzlingly Safe

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“As we all know, students tend to be a rebellious lot. There’s nothing we love more than sinking our teeth into a good cause. With the centenary of the 1916 Rising fast approaching, it leads one to think about Trinity’s involvement in this momentous occasion. To what extent did Trinity students get involved? …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 16 November]

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Philosophy in UCD

Posted in Research on November 10th, 2015 by steve

IrelandWhat kind of a place was UCD then to do philosophy in? It was actually quite good. It was mixed. All of the professors and many of the staff were priests. The philosophy course had been designed, really, as the undergraduate course for students from Clonliffe who were going to be trained as priests, so it was not particularly scholarly and it was very authoritarian. There was a very public UCD student revolt in 1968/69 and one chapter focused on the department of metaphysics …” (more)

[Attracta Ingram and Clara Fischer, Dublin Review of Books, November]

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